Recent publicity has called attention to the billions in reserve funds accumulated by Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, 67 vocational/technical schools and 176 charter schools. Are school districts hoarding funds that could be used to avoid tax increases or program cuts? Are cries that more state aid is needed an exaggeration? Read Explaining School Fund Balances: Are PA Schools, with $4.3 billion in Reserve Funds, Really Flush? Just the (Dry) Facts by David Davare, Pennsylvania Economy League Central’s Director of Research.
The Executive Committee of Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics recently identified options to address Pennsylvania’s public pension funding crisis. Click to read the Pension Working Group report.
As school districts across the state are forced to increase class size, shrink course offerings, delay technology upgrades and more in the face of stagnating local revenues and increasing costs, the Pennsylvania Economy League suggests sharing services as a way to mitigate district financial difficulties. The examples of district cooperation are increasing, but more can still be done. Click here to download School District Cooperation Frees Scarce Resources for Education